Laverne Cox Taking on Red Carpet Reporting for E!

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday May 11, 2021

Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox  (Source:Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)

Laverne Cox is set to take on the mantle of red carpet coverage for E!, inheriting the role from Giuliana Rancic, who held the gig for two decades before announcing her departure to focus on producing, Page Six has reported.

"The network announced Monday that it was pulling in Cox, 48, as the host of its flagship red carpet show, 'Live from E!'" according to the outlet.

Cox's new gig will commence "starting with the 2022 awards season," the Los Angeles Times reported.

In a statement, Jen Neal of NBCUniversal praised Cox as "a risk-taker, groundbreaking pioneer and a fashion tour de force."

Neal added, "Laverne's passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the fashion community resonates with our audience and we look forward to seeing her shine on the other side of the velvet rope."

Cox issued her own statement, expressing that she is "so excited and deeply humbled to be hosting E!'s iconic red carpet coverage," as per Entertainment Weekly.

"For many years I would wake up early on awards show days, get my snacks in place and watch E!'s coverage all day long," the "Orange Is the New Black" alum added. "I dreamed of walking red carpets.

"Now, not only have I had several fun and amazing personal red carpet moments," she continued, "I also get to be a red carpet guide for E!'s discerning audience and chat with my colleagues and folks I deeply admire for these very special events in their lives."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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